Reconstruction and Analysis of Rollover Crashes of Light Vehicles     

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I.D.# C1502Printable Description
Duration: 1 Day
  Delivered in
July 18, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ) - Tysons, Virginia    

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The field of vehicular accident reconstruction has become increasingly specialized. For automotive engineers involved in crash reconstruction and analysis, a knowledge of basic accident reconstruction principles and techniques is essential, but often insufficient to answer the sophisticated questions posed by design engineers, regulators, and lawyers. This seminar takes participants beyond the basics of accident reconstruction to physical models and analysis techniques that are unique to the reconstruction of single-vehicle rollover crashes.

The seminar begins by defining rollover and discussing the common characteristics and phases of single-vehicle rollover crashes and the common types of physical evidence deposited on the roadway and the vehicle during a rollover crash. Participants will learn how to use this physical evidence to reconstruct the motion the vehicle experienced during the crash as well as the techniques and methods available for analyzing each phase of a single-vehicle rollover crash.

This course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon completion of this seminar, accredited reconstructionists should contact ACTAR, 800-809-3818, to request CEUs. As an ACTAR approved course, the fee for CEUs is reduced to $5.00.

Learning Objectives
By attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Name common characteristics and phases of rollover crashes
  • Identify and document common types of physical evidence from rollover crashes
  • Use physical evidence to reconstruct the motion of a vehicle involved in a rollover crash
  • Estimate the rate at which a vehicle will decelerate during each phase of a rollover crash
  • Calculate the speed a vehicle was traveling during each phase of a rollover crash
  • Determine what steering and braking inputs a driver utilized before a rollover
  • Quantify the forces applied to a vehicle when it impacts the ground during a rollover

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for engineers or others with a strong background in college physics and algebra, who are involved in the investigation and reconstruction of vehicular crashes. Individuals with a strong background in crash reconstruction, but new to or inexperienced in the specialized area of rollover crash reconstruction, will benefit the most from the course material.

Prerequisites
An undergraduate engineering degree or a strong background in crash reconstruction is recommended. A basic knowledge of college algebra, college physics, and familiarity with common analysis techniques used in crash reconstruction will be assumed.

Topical Outline

  • General Characteristics of Rollover Crashes
    • Test methods and characteristics; field relevance
  • Physical Evidence from Rollover Crashes
    • Scene evidence and documentation - photogrammetry to locate evidence
    • Vehicle evidence and documentation
  • Analysis Methods – Rollover Phase
    • Average deceleration rates - dependence on surface and vehicle type?
    • Non-constant deceleration models
    • Evaluating roll motion from physical evidence – glass; scratch patterns; rim gouges
    • Typical rollover characteristics - # of rolls v. rollover distance; typical roll velocity curves
    • Roof-to-ground impact model - testing and validation
    • Simulation - PC-crash; HVE; validation considerations of simulation software
  • Analysis Methods – Trip Phase
    • Physical evidence
    • Analytical Models – equations; static stability factor; increasing the complexity and accuracy; estimating the center of gravity height; estimating the roll moment of inertia; trip duration
    • Simulation
      • PC-crash
      • HVE
      • Validation considerations of simulation software
  • Analysis Methods – Pre-Trip Phase (Loss-of-Control)
    • Tire marks
    • Striations and their meaning - uncertainty and sensitivity analysis
    • Calculating speed loss
    • Is the critical speed equation applicable?
    • Testing - validation of striation analysis; validation of speed loss equations

Instructor(s): Nathan Rose & Gray Beauchamp
“Nathan
Mr. Rose is currently a Director and Principal Engineer focusing on vehicular accident reconstruction at Kineticorp, LLC, a Denver-based forensic engineering firm that he helped found in 2005. He has been working and conducting research in the field of accident reconstruction for more than 16 years. Mr. Rose has published numerous technical papers and articles related to accident reconstruction and has conducted extensive research and testing related to rollover crashes. He has reconstructed hundreds of rollover crashes. Mr. Rose holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

“Gary
Mr. Beauchamp is a Principal Engineer focusing on vehicular accident reconstruction at Kineticorp, LLC. He has been working and conducting research in the field of accident reconstruction since 2003. Mr. Beauchamp has published numerous technical papers and articles related to accident reconstruction. The majority of his research has focused on the various phases of single vehicle loss-of-control crashes including controllability following tire disablements, tire mark interpretation, vehicle trip dynamics and rollover dynamics. Much of his work has involved full scale vehicle testing. Gray holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and is a Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado.

Fees: $810.00 ; SAE Members: $648.00 - $729.00

.7 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

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